From corporate to community – Janu Ramchandani of Kinect Energy Group, discusses how CSR initiatives can have a transformative impact on indigenous populations in areas that need help.

Did you know around 1.2. billion people – almost the population of India – do not have access to electricity? And 2.8 billion have to rely on wood or other biomass to cook and heat their homes?

Nigeria, the largest oil-producing country in Africa, is second only to India in the number of people living without electricity: a staggering 82.4 million.

Energy poverty is harsh, dangerous and in many cases life-threatening.

Food becomes inedible quickly and vaccines unviable if you can’t keep them refrigerated; medical equipment is often useless if you can’t plug it in and communication with the outside world becomes a huge challenge, if not impossible, when you don’t have the means to power devices the developed world so often takes for granted.

There’s the safety aspect in terms of lighting and security, too. We’re not just talking about keeping inhospitable and rugged terrain lit to avoid stumbles and falls. Women across the world are often at risk of attack if they’re not home by sundown, while creatures such as scorpions and snakes also pose a very real threat at night as they lurk in the shadows.

But with the right mindset, expertise, funding, innovation and collaboration we can successfully take the clean energy revolution to hard-to-reach areas in need of help, having a transformative impact on indigenous populations in the process.

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